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Jennifer Tenford

Conservatory Instructor
Flute, Saxophone

In Her Studio:

Jennifer Tenford teaches woodwinds including flute and saxophone with the Conservatory. Lessons with Jennifer cost $60 per hour of instruction. She is accepting new students at this time. Jennifer will teach students ages 8 and up, and will teach students with any level of experience. In Jennifer’s studio, students are encouraged to work towards exams, participate in recitals, and participate in Music Festival. She teaches classical music, supplemented with jazz if the student requests it. Jennifer requires students to supply their own instrument by first lesson. Books must be bought by the student, but are not immediately needed. Jennifer doesn’t have specific requirements for practice - it depends on the student and their goals. Jennifer balances technique with repertoire to keep things interesting.

Biography:

Jennifer Tenford is in her ninth season as Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon with the Regina Symphony Orchestra.  She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Regina and the University of British Columbia, as well as a Master of Music degree in woodwind performance and conducting from the University of North Texas.  Born and raised in Regina, she began playing the flute with the Regina Lions Junior Band.  Attending Campbell Collegiate, Jennifer subsequently took up the saxophone to play in the jazz band, later studying classical saxophone with Karen Finnsson at the U of R.  She joined the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, first with her flute, then after beginning bassoon studies with Alan Denike, became principal bassoon. 

In addition to her orchestral work, she enjoys performing a variety of musical genres including saxophone quartet, big band, woodwind quintet and most of all, musicals.  She has put her doubling skills to excellent use playing in the pit orchestra for 60 musical productions so far.  In addition to performing, Jennifer teaches applied saxophone and woodwind techniques at the University of Regina and elementary band at École Palliser Heights School in Moose Jaw.  She volunteers as chair of the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival and spent several years on the board of the Saskatchewan Band Association.

Jennifer lives in Moose Jaw with her husband Jim.  Together they enjoy adventure travelling - some of the highlights being kayaking in the Galapagos Islands, leatherback sea turtle conservation in Trinidad, hiking the Juan de Fuca marine trail on Vancouver Island,  a camping safari in Tanzania, and cycling on their tandem bicycle through Europe.  At home she enjoys quilting, knitting, gardening and dinners with her book club.  She’s also the neighbourhood crazy cat lady, spoiling the resident cat Charlotte and nurturing foster kittens and cats from the Moose Jaw Humane Society.

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